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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Sep 19, 2009 4:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Sage and Spirit

I saw the new Wise 10-31-80 and had to give it a listen. I always liked this show and have been intrigued by the acustic set. Heaven Help, Sage and Spirit, Sadie to open the show!

Besides the fact that this is the first Sadie since 70, the only other Sage and Spirit is the infamous August 75 which is now One from the Vault.

I couldn't hear the intro to Sage well on the aud and went to this source: http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-10-31.prefm.cousinit-edited.patched.83158.sbeok.flac16

Right before Bobby starts playing alone, you hear Garcia saying "You can't play without a bass, It's an essential part of music, You can't play without a bass". It does sound like Phil comes after the 2 minute mark.

I'm assuming Phil had issues and Weir was just playing around and fell into it. Others followed after he stays on it. Funny, I always thought the Boys pulled it out as a special treat for the last show at Radio City.

Anyone have any knowledge on this?

Always liked the stroy Rock Scully tells about the tune:

"Bobby wrote 'Sage & Spirit' while my daughters, named Sage and Spirit, were jumping on his bed and generally trashing his hotel room. He was trying to play his guitar and came up with the rhythm for this from their jumping. The flute mimics their laughter."

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Poster: pigpen_81 Date: Sep 19, 2009 9:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sage and Spirit

If it's the show I am thinking of (and I am in the middle of moving so all my dvds are packed up) I have it on dvd and that's exactly what happened. Trouble with Phil's bass and several attempts at getting it working so bobby's noodling around and sort of fell into it and the rest joined in. At least that's the way I recall seeing it.

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Poster: Dan Russ Date: Sep 20, 2009 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sage and Spirit

While I can’t help with your query I must thank you for getting my morning listening off to a fine start. Was a little too zonked at this show – it was Halloween - to have been paying close attention to the equipment issue on stage. Side note – sure glad they filled out the Reckoning cd when they remastered it.